Gem of a Place

Ever looked into a jeweller’s window and gazed at the gems within? Ever wondered whose hands prised them from the earth, whose hands crafted them – whose hands they might one day adorn?

Gem of a Place took audiences beyond the shopfronts of the Jewellery Quarter, down its side streets, past its old factories, and into some of its most secret places. They were led from play to play by a community cast, each one of which illluminated a unique aspect of the area.

Here’s what they thought:

FOUR STARS – The Reviews Hub

“Absolutely fantastic! I didn’t want it to end.”

“My first experience of such a performance and I’ll make sure it’s not my last.”

“A gem of a show. Bravo!”

The show took a half-mile route around the Quarter, including a rare visit inside the Grade II* listed Alabaster & Wilson factory. It was directed by Jen Davis, whose credits include Associate Director on the RSC’s production of Faith. She was joined by The Rep’s Resident Assistant Director, Alice Chambers, who directed the community cast.

Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and Birmingham Heritage Week. With financial support from Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.


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